2 Amherst police officers being sued for allegedly denying medication to man in custody

The victim was 19-years-old when the incident occurred in 2014

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Two Amherst Police officers are being sued for allegedly denying anti-seizure medication to a man who was in their custody two years ago.

Joshua Sampson filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Officers Jamie Reardon and Marcus Humber, for allegedly denying him his medication, which he claims caused him to have seizures lasting over two hours.

On June 4, 2014, Sampson, who was 19 at the time, was arrested by Amherst Police. In a news release sent to 22News, his attorney, Howard Friedman, states that Sampson had been diagnosed with epilepsy and was prescribed the drug Keppra to prevent seizures.

Sampson allegedly told the officers during his arrest that he needed to take his medication, which was in a properly labeled prescription bottle. The officers seized the Keppra from Sampson, and prevented him from taking the medication, Friedman said.

The lawsuit claims that Sampson informed officers several times that he needed to take his medication once he was booked, but he was denied. Sampson then called his mother and told her to bring an additional bottle of Keppra.

Amherst police officers allegedly continued to deny Sampson his medication, and around 7:45 p.m. he began to seize. He was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and then transferred to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, said Friedman.

Sampson claims to have experienced more than two hours of seizures, until he was placed into a medically induced coma. He now allegedly has short-term memory problems and trouble with mental and verbal connections, said Friedman.

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